Liam Hatch scored one and made another as Gateshead beat Alfreton to keep in touch with the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off places.

Hatch struck the opener in the fifth minute as he lashed home Lee Bullock's left-wing cross.

He then turned provider and sent in Josh Gillies, who fired into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

Alfreton rarely threatened but their best chance fell to Danny Meadows, but he pulled his shot wide.

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Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law told BBC Sport:

"It was two poor pieces of defending from us, but we still had chances on the counter-attack in the first half. Their first goal was a basic goal.

"In the second half we had to be brave and we have to want the ball, and I think a few did that and, if I am honest, a few shirked it. You can see the ones that want the ball and want to play.

"We are disappointed we didn't get anything out of the game and we failed to defend on two occasions. They took their chances and we didn't. It was scrappy game but both teams tried to get the ball down and play."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Gateshead

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 02 Magney
  • 03 Boyle
  • 05 Curtis
  • 06 Clark
  • 07 Gillies (Bush - 87' )
  • 08 Turnbull
  • 18 Donaldson
  • 32 Bullock Booked
  • 09 Hatch Booked (Cummins - 69' )
  • 14 Brown (Odubade - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 19 Nixon
  • 16 Bush
  • 11 Cummins
  • 10 Odubade
  • 12 Fisher

Alfreton Town

  • 22 Stewart
  • 02 Law
  • 03 Franklin (Russell - 65' )
  • 12 Franks
  • 17 Streete
  • 23 Killock
  • 07 Brown
  • 14 Meadows
  • 09 Clayton (Taylor - 74' )
  • 11 Arnold
  • 20 Worsfold (Quinn - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Barnes
  • 05 Quinn
  • 04 Taylor
  • 19 Russell
Ref: Kavanagh
Att: 475

Match Stats

Shots

6 2

On target

3 0

Corners

7 8

Fouls

7 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:43

Effort on goal by Ryan Donaldson from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

90:00 +1:41

A cross is delivered by Leigh Franks, James Curtis makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:34

Handball decision goes against Lee Bullock. Direct free kick taken by Anton Brown.

90:00 +0:20 Booking

Booking The referee books Lee Bullock for unsporting behaviour.

87:55

Yemi Odubade delivers the ball.

87:15

The official flags Nathan Arnold offside. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

86:48

The referee blows for offside. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

85:49 Substitution

Substitution Chris Bush joins the action as a substitute, replacing Josh Gillies.

85:49

Patrick Boyle fouled by Josh Law, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Turnbull takes the direct free kick.

83:44

Carl Magnay fouled by Nathan Arnold, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

83:21

Alastair Taylor sends in a cross, Ben Clark makes a clearance.

81:43

The ball is swung over by Nathan Arnold, clearance by Patrick Boyle.

78:31 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Worsfold leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Quinn.

77:23

A cross is delivered by Josh Law, save by Jon Stewart.

76:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anton Brown by Micky Cummins. Jon Stewart takes the direct free kick.

75:40

Danny Meadows delivers the ball, Carl Magnay makes a clearance.

74:46

The official flags Yemi Odubade offside. Ross Killock takes the free kick.

73:41 Substitution

Substitution Alastair Taylor on for Paul Clayton.

68:59 Substitution

Substitution Micky Cummins comes on in place of Liam Hatch.

68:30

The ball is crossed by Carl Magnay, clearance by Anton Brown.

64:57 Substitution

Substitution Simon Russell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Connor Franklin.

64:24

Danny Meadows produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

63:48

The ball is delivered by Josh Law, Adam Bartlett makes a save.

61:56

Nathan Arnold is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

61:36

Foul by Josh Gillies on Danny Meadows, free kick awarded. Jon Stewart takes the direct free kick.

58:55 Substitution

Substitution James Brown goes off and Yemi Odubade comes on.

58:33

Josh Gillies takes a shot. Clearance made by Connor Franklin.

56:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Hatch on Leigh Franks. Direct free kick taken by Leigh Franks.

54:54

The ball is sent over by Connor Franklin, clearance made by Patrick Boyle.

54:15

Leigh Franks takes the free kick.

54:15 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Liam Hatch for unsporting behaviour.

54:04

Foul by Liam Hatch on Josh Law, free kick awarded.

52:46

The offside flag is raised against Paul Clayton. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

51:19

The official flags Paul Clayton offside.

50:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Clark on Paul Clayton. Josh Law restarts play with the free kick.

49:55

The ball is sent over by Josh Gillies, Leigh Franks manages to make a clearance.

49:04

Ashley Worsfold sends in a cross, Nathan Arnold takes a shot.

47:39

Josh Gillies sends in a cross, Leigh Franks makes a clearance.

46:32

Josh Gillies takes a shot. Save made by Jon Stewart.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:57 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:09

Corner taken by Josh Gillies from the left by-line.

45:00 +0:41

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Gillies from the right by-line.

44:47

Josh Gillies takes a shot. Save by Jon Stewart.

42:27

The referee blows for offside against Anton Brown. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

40:21

Josh Gillies takes a inswinging corner.

40:07

The ball is swung over by Ryan Donaldson, clearance by Ross Killock.

39:16

Corner taken by Josh Law from the right by-line.

38:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Bartlett by Ashley Worsfold. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

37:57

Corner taken by Josh Law.

36:56

Corner taken by Josh Law from the right by-line, save by Adam Bartlett.

35:14

The assist for the goal came from Liam Hatch.

35:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh Gillies - Gateshead 2 - 0 Alfreton A goal is scored by Josh Gillies from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gateshead 2-0 Alfreton Town.

33:34

Inswinging corner taken by Josh Law, Liam Hatch manages to make a clearance.

33:19

Josh Law delivers the ball.

28:09

Corner taken right-footed by Josh Law, clearance by James Brown.

26:12

Lee Bullock challenges Leigh Franks unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jon Stewart takes the direct free kick.

24:46

Connor Franklin sends in a cross, save by Adam Bartlett.

23:45

Danny Meadows crosses the ball.

22:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by Josh Law, clearance made by Patrick Boyle.

21:53

Josh Law takes a outswinging corner.

18:17

Corner taken by Josh Gillies.

17:23

Lee Bullock fouled by Anton Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Josh Gillies takes the direct free kick.

16:36

Corner taken by Josh Gillies from the left by-line, clearance by Josh Law.

15:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Worsfold on Ben Clark. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

14:47

Handball by Lee Bullock. Direct free kick taken by Jon Stewart.

13:31

Josh Gillies sends in a cross, Danny Meadows manages to make a clearance.

12:29

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Josh Law, clearance made by Liam Hatch.

11:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anton Brown by Lee Bullock. Ross Killock takes the free kick.

10:09

Corner taken by Josh Gillies from the right by-line, Paul Clayton makes a clearance.

9:22

Josh Gillies takes a inswinging corner.

5:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Killock on Liam Hatch. Carl Magnay takes the free kick.

4:45

The assist for the goal came from Lee Bullock.

4:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hatch - Gateshead 1 - 0 Alfreton Liam Hatch finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Gateshead 1-0 Alfreton Town.

3:37

The ball is delivered by Josh Gillies,

2:57

The referee blows for offside. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.

2:02

The ball is crossed by Josh Law.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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